We Shine Brighter Together at RTR…

Combining over 110 years of Reform Judaism in Rockland County, Temple Beth El (Spring Valley) and Temple Beth Torah (Nyack) merged to create an even brighter entity, The Reform Temple of Rockland (RTR). Everyone comes together here – interfaith couples, LGBTQ families, the young and the not-so-young – to create our warm Jewish community. Our Worship is enriched with a love of music, filled with our gifted Cantor’s voice, our choir, and our Chai Life Rock Shabbat band. Toe tapping and hand clapping are encouraged! See for yourself why so many find our family-friendly Friday night services or educational programming so inspiring, or why our B’nei Mitzvah are just beginning their journeys, not ending them. Each of us is a Jewish light but together, we all shine brighter. Don’t wait for a holiday to drop by. Our caring clergy and congregation look forward to meeting you!
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From the Union For Reform Judaism / Reform Movement

Jewish Names to Brighten Your Summer and Life!

Jewish Names to Brighten Your Summer and Life! jemerman

Mazal tov! You're expecting a baby or perhaps taking on a Hebrew name and looking

Five Jewish Beach Reads for Summer

Five Jewish Beach Reads for Summer jemerman

Whether you need a new vacation read or something to relax into after a long day, I've compiled a list of five new-ish Jewish beach reads to take along with you!

Being Honest with God and Myself

Being Honest with God and Myself jemerman

I took the Commandments seriously. However, one of the Commandments deeply resonated above all others: "You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor," meaning "You shall not lie" (Exodus 20:13). This affected me most because I was lying to others and myself about a core aspect of my identity: my bisexuality.

Attending to a Palestinian Family on Hanukkah/Ramadan From December 1999

Attending to a Palestinian Family on Hanukkah/Ramadan From December 1999 jemerman

The trauma pager beeped loudly as I went about my duties as on-call chaplain. It was December 1999, and I had been in training to become a chaplain for all of three months.